Nursery

Spring Term 2023/24


During this half term we will be looking at two different topics within our main topic of; “Superhero’s”. We will begin with “People who help us” where children will be learning about all the different professions. This will help them to make connections between themselves and the outside world. We are also looking at “Our Local Community”, with the aim of making them more aware of the different jobs and roles people take on in their own homes, in school and in the wider community.

Be part of our community.

If you have anything interesting at home connected with our topics, we would love to borrow it for a shot while. Picture and story books are very welcome. Please name anything you lend.

On the other hand, if you want to visit our class and share your profession with our little Ducklings, send an email through the office and we will be delighted to have you.


Autumn Term 2023/24


Topic – Me and My Community

In the Me and My Community project, your child will learn about the school community and building friendships. They will explore the school grounds and find out about all the people in school who are there to help them. They will explore how they are special and unique and how everyone’s family is different. They will take part in practical activities to support them to build new friendships and explore what makes a good friend. They will also find out about people in the community who help us, including doctors, nurses, and the emergency services.

Supporting your child at home

  • Look at family photographs together and discuss who is part of your family and extended family.
  • Look at baby photographs and talk about how they have grown.
  • Look at any childhood photographs of parents and grandparents.
  • Talk about the things you like to do together and places you like to go.
  • Share and discuss the Did you know? resource

Me & My Community did you know


 Spring Term 1 – January 2023


During this half term we will be looking at two different topics; we start with “People who help us” where children will be learning about all the different professions. This will help them to make connections between themselves and the outside world. We are also looking at “Our Local Community”, with the aim of making them more aware of the different jobs and roles people take on in their own homes, in school and in the wider community.

Be part of our community.

Please if you have anything interesting at home connected with our topics, we would love to borrow it for a shot while. Picture and story books are very welcome. Please name anything you lend.

On the other hand, if you want to visit our class and share your profession with our little ducklings, send an email through the office and we will be delighted to have you.


Autumn Term 2 – November 2022


Cornerstones

During this second half term we will be looking at the Cornerstones topic; Can we explore it? This topic captures children’s natural curiosity about the world around them, from the smallest holes and hiding spaces to great adventures in faraway places. We will also be learning about several celebrations; Diwali, Bonfire night and Christmas. These topics help our children to learn in all the different areas of the curriculum.


Personal, Social And Emotional Development:

We will be learning to follow routines and rules independently. We will be learning to form relationships with adults and children. We will be learning to select and use resources to support our learning and use them with our friends.


Physical Development:

We will be learning to move with control and confidence in a variety of ways. We will explore small and large apparatus and learn to throw and catch balls. We will be learning to hold pencils correctly and use one-handed tools safely and with control. We will learn to put on our coats independently.


Communication And Language:

We will be learning to talk to others and take turns in conversations. We will be developing our vocabulary based on our topic ‘Can we explore it?’ We will be learning to understand and answer ‘why and ‘how’ questions.


Literacy:

We will be learning to listen to stories, maintain attention and recall main events and what the characters say. We will be learning to join in with and recite Nursery rhymes and songs. We will be learning to hold books the correct way up and how to handle them carefully. We will be learning to recognise our own name. We will be learning to use our imagination to create stories in our role play areas and small world play. Mathematics: We will be learning to count, recognise and use numbers to ten and beyond. We will explore and talk about colours, patterns and shapes through a wide variety of activities, both within the indoor and outdoor learning environments.


Understanding The World:

We will be encouraged to talk about special people and significant events in our lives. We will be learning to talk about where we live and the natural world around us. We will learn how to use simple equipment and technological toys independently.


Expressive Arts And Design

We will be learning to sing simple songs independently. We will explore colour and how colours can be changed. We will create and construct models using a variety of materials. We will listen, move and respond to music. We will participate in role play based on first hand experiences.

The main stories we will be learning and exploring about will be: ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen ‘Whatever Next!’ by Jill Murphy


How You Can Help Your Child:

  • Please ensure that your child takes part in our ‘Read With Me’ Library Scheme.
  • When sharing a book with your child, please talk about the book, the pictures and what they can see happening. Encourage your child to tell a story using the pictures.
  • Please encourage your child to count objects carefully, one by one, to at least ten and beyond
  • Please encourage your child to talk about their learning at school
  • Please help your child to learn a wide range of simple Nursery Rhymes – please speak to a member of the Nursery Team if  you would like support with this
  • Please make sure your child is wearing a named waterproof coat and suitable footwear every day. We go outside even when it is cold and raining!
  • Please remember to take your child’s artwork home, out of their art work folder in Nursery, at least on a weekly basis.

Autumn Term 1 – September 2022


Cornerstones

During this first half term we will be looking at 2 different Cornerstones topics. The first is called ‘Why do you love me so much?’ and is all about love, families and how people are the same and different. We will then move on to our next topic, ‘How many colours in a rainbow?’ which is all about colours in the natural and man-made world.

These topics help our children to learn in all the different areas of the curriculum.


Personal, Social And Emotional Development:

We will be learning to follow routines and rules independently. We will be learning to form relationships with adults and children. We will be learning to select and use resources to support our learning and use them with our friends.


Physical Development:

We will be learning to move with control and confidence in a variety of ways. We will explore small and large apparatus and learn to throw and catch balls. We will be learning to hold pencils correctly and use one-handed tools safely and with control. We will learn to put on our coats independently.


Communication And Language:

We will be learning to talk to others and take turns in conversations. We will be developing our vocabulary based on our topics ‘Why do you love me so much?’ and ‘How many colours in a rainbow?’ We will be learning to understand and answer ‘why and ‘how’ questions.


Literacy:

We will be learning to listen to stories, maintain attention and recall main events and what the characters say. We will be learning to join in with and recite Nursery rhymes and songs. We will be learning to hold books the correct way up and how to handle them carefully. We will be learning to recognise our own name. We will be learning to use our imagination to create stories in our role play areas and small world play.


Mathematics:

We will be learning to count, recognise and use numbers to ten and beyond. We will explore and talk about colours, patterns and shapes through a wide variety of activities, both within the indoor and outdoor learning environments.


Understanding The World:

We will be encouraged to talk about special people and significant events in our lives. We will be learning to talk about where we live and the natural world around us. We will learn how to use simple equipment and technological toys independently.


Expressive Arts And Design

We will be learning to sing simple songs independently. We will explore colour and how colours can be changed. We will create and construct models using a variety of materials. We will listen, move and respond to music. We will participate in role play based on first hand experiences.


The Main Stories We Will Be Learning And Exploring About Will Be:

‘Guess How Much I Love You’ by Sam McBratney‘Where’s My Teddy?’ by Jez Alborough‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?’ by Eric Carle‘The Rainbow Fish’ by Marcus Pfister


How You Can Help Your Child:

  • Please ensure that your child takes part in our ‘Read With Me’ Library Scheme – this will be starting in October
  • When sharing a book with your child, please talk about the book, the pictures and what they can see happening. Encourage your child to tell a story using the pictures.
  • Please encourage your child to count objects carefully, one by one, to at least ten and beyond
  • Please encourage your child to talk about their learning at school
  • Please help your child to learn a wide range of simple Nursery Rhymes – please speak to a member of the Nursery Team if you would like support with this
  • Please make sure your child is wearing a named waterproof coat and suitable footwear every day. We go outside even when it is cold and raining!
  • Please remember to take your child’s artwork home, out of their art work folder in Nursery, at least on a weekly basis.

Summer Term 2 – June 2022


Celebrations And Festivals

We will be celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday on:
Friday 17th June
With Year Group Street Parties and a family picnic after school


Personal, Social And Emotional Development:

We are considering how our actions can affect others and thinking about working together. We are learning about our different cultures and continue to show sensitivity to the feelings of others. We will continue to develop our confidence to try new experiences and attempt those things that present us with a challenge!


Physical Development:

We will be developing our ability to use the small apparatus with control and co-ordination. We will continue to learn about how to keep healthy and the importance of exercise. In the outside area we will have opportunities to experience a wide range of activities. We will continue to practise fine motor skills to help with writing, drawing and using scissors.

Nursery Acorns will be taking part in their own ‘Artie’s Olympics’ on Wednesday 13th July before the main school Sports Day on Friday 15th July.


Communication And Language:

We will be developing and using new vocabulary based on our Parks Trust visit to the woods based on the story of ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ and mathematical language relating to weight and shape. We will be expected to explain our thoughts, ideas and recall clearly and ask questions speaking clearly using complete sentences


Literacy:

We will be developing our phonic knowledge and understanding by learning the sounds of the letters of the alphabet through Read, Write, Inc.
We will be reading and discussing a variety of books including ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’. We will be sequencing and retelling these stories using Story Sacks and puppets.

We will look at non–fiction books to retrieve information when finding out about mini-beasts.


Mathematics:

We will be meeting the next characters in ‘Ten Town’: Nina Nine Bows and Tia Ten.

We will be learning to represent numbers using our fingers, marks on paper or pictures and taking part in number problems.

We will be talking about and describing the shapes of everyday objects e.g. ‘round’ and ‘tall’


Understanding The World:

We will be investigating mini-beasts. We are going to identify and compare for similarities, differences, patterns and change. We are going to explore and use programmable toys and find out about different kinds of technology. We will continue to think about how our bodies change during exercise and how we can have a healthy lifestyle.


Expressive Arts And Design

We will be using instruments and objects to identify changes in sounds. We will develop our imagination through music, dance, drama and stories – creating mini beast movements. We will create our own craft mini-beasts and a variety of models using different techniques and materials then be encouraged to explain what we did and then evaluate what we could do to improve independently.


The Main Stories We Will Be Learning And Exploring About Will Be:

‘The Three Little Pigs’’ a traditional tale
‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ Eric CarleNon-fiction texts about life cycles of animals and people that help us in our community


How You Can Help Your Child:

  • Please ensure that your child takes part in our ‘Read With Me’ Library Scheme – this will be starting in October
  • When sharing a book with your child, please talk about the book, the pictures and what they can see happening. Encourage your child to tell a story using the pictures.
  • Please encourage your child to count objects carefully, one by one, to at least ten and beyond
  • Please encourage your child to talk about their learning at school
  • Please help your child to learn a wide range of simple Nursery Rhymes – please speak to a member of the Nursery Team if you would like support with this
  • Please make sure your child is wearing a named waterproof coat and suitable footwear every day. We go outside even when it is cold and raining!
  • Please remember to take your child’s artwork home, out of their art work folder in Nursery, at least on a weekly basis.

Summer Term 1 – April 2022


Celebrations And Festivals

Responding to the seasons and the calendar gives a ‘shape’ to the children’s year in Nursery and provides special, one-off opportunities for exploration and learning such as festivals that are celebrated by groups of people emphasising togetherness and participation with one another.

Week Beginning:  Monday 18th April

St. George’s Day


Personal, Social And Emotional Development:

We are learning to think about our own needs and show sensitivity to the feelings of others. We will continue to learn about different cultures and the need to treat beliefs and views with respect. We are developing our confidence to try new experiences, to talk clearly to others and to cooperate and be honest with one another.


Physical Development:

We will be developing our ability to move with control and co-ordination using the small and large apparatus both inside and outside. We will be learning about how to be healthy; looking at the foods we eat and how we need to exercise. We will create models using a variety of materials including; big bricks, junk and water chutes. We will continue to practise fine motor skills to help with writing, drawing and using scissors.


Communication And Language:

We will be continuing to build on ability to talk to others and take turns in conversations. We will be learning to express ourselves clearly by speaking in complete sentences. We will be listening to others and participating in conversations about our learning during Key Group time. We will be joining in with the repeated refrains and phrases from our favourite rhymes and stories.


Literacy:

We will be developing our phonic knowledge and understanding by learning the sounds of the letters of the alphabet in Read Write Inc.

We will be reading and discussing a variety of books including ‘The Tiger who came to Tea’ and ‘the Three Little Pigs. We will be sequencing and retelling these stories using Story Sacks and puppets.

We will look at non–fiction books to retrieve information when finding out about plants and growing.


Mathematics:

We will be meeting the next characters in ‘Ten Town’: Seal Six, Sir Seven and Eric Eight.

We will be learning to represent numbers using our fingers, marks on paper or pictures and taking part in number problems.

We will be looking at similarities of shapes in the environment.


Understanding The World:

Week Beginning Monday 25th April is Science Week in Nursery

Nursery Acorns will be learning to ‘predict, observe, compare and discuss’

Through a wide range of exciting and unusual scientific activities in Nursery e.g.

  • Giant Bubble making
  • Bubble painting
  • Magic Meringues
  • Making moving puppets
  • Exploring ice and ‘snow’
  • Growing cress and pea shoots and planting carrots
  • And many, many more!

Expressive Arts And Design

We will be using instruments and objects to identify changes in sounds. We will develop our imagination through music, dance, drama and stories.

Nursery Acorns will be taking part in weekly movement and music and ‘Write Dance’ sessions in the main school hall.


The Main Stories We Will Be Learning And Exploring About Will Be:

‘The Tiger who came to Tea’ by‘’The Three Little Pigs’ a traditional tale‘St. George and the Dragon’Non-fiction texts about life cycles of plants and gardening and people that help us in our community


How You Can Help Your Child:

  • Please ensure that your child takes part in our ‘Read With Me’ Library Scheme – this will be starting in October
  • When sharing a book with your child, please talk about the book, the pictures and what they can see happening. Encourage your child to tell a story using the pictures.
  • Please encourage your child to count objects carefully, one by one, to at least ten and beyond
  • Please encourage your child to talk about their learning at school
  • Please help your child to learn a wide range of simple Nursery Rhymes – please speak to a member of the Nursery Team if you would like support with this
  • Please make sure your child is wearing a named waterproof coat and suitable footwear every day. We go outside even when it is cold and raining!
  • Please remember to take your child’s artwork home, out of their art work folder in Nursery, at least on a weekly basis.

Thursdays are ‘Movement and Music’ Days in Nursery

Please ensure that you send your child in socks, NOT tights, wearing NO jewellery and footwear that is easy for them to take off and put back on.


Spring Term 1 – January 2022


Cornerstones

During this half term we will be looking at two Cornerstones topics; We start with ‘Why is water wet?’ where the children investigate the properties of water, where water comes from and also how to stay safe around water. We hope to be able to look at the topic ‘Where does snow go?’ but this will depend on the weather!! We will also be learning about the celebration of Chinese New Year.

These topics help our children to learn in all the different areas of the curriculum.


Personal, Social And Emotional Development:

We will be learning to follow routines and rules independently. We will be learning to form relationships with adults and children. We will be learning to select and use resources to support our learning and use them with our friends.


Physical Development:

We will be learning to move with control and confidence in a variety of ways. We will explore small and large apparatus and learn to throw and catch balls. We will be learning to hold pencils correctly and use one-handed tools safely and with control. We will learn to put on our coats independently.


Communication And Language:

We will be learning to talk to others and take turns in conversations. We will be developing our vocabulary based on our topics. We will be learning to understand and answer ‘why and ‘how’ questions.


Literacy:

We will be learning to listen to stories, maintain attention and recall main events and what the characters say. We will be learning to join in with and recite Nursery rhymes and songs. We will be learning to hold books the correct way up and how to handle them carefully. We will be learning to recognise our own name. We will be learning to use our imagination to create stories in our role play areas and small world play.


Mathematics:

We will be learning to count, recognise and use numbers to ten and beyond. We will explore and talk about colours, patterns and shapes through a wide variety of activities, both within the indoor and outdoor learning environments.


Understanding The World:

We will be encouraged to talk about special people and significant events in our lives. We will be learning to talk about where we live and the natural world around us. We will learn how to use simple equipment and technological toys independently.


Expressive Arts And Design

We will be learning to sing simple songs independently. We will explore colour and how colours can be changed. We will create and construct models using a variety of materials. We will listen, move and respond to music. We will participate in role play based on first hand experiences.


The Main Stories We Will Be Learning And Exploring About Will Be:

‘The Gingerbread Man’ traditional tale


How You Can Help Your Child:

  • Please ensure that your child takes part in our ‘Read With Me’ Library Scheme – this will be starting in October
  • When sharing a book with your child, please talk about the book, the pictures and what they can see happening. Encourage your child to tell a story using the pictures.
  • Please encourage your child to count objects carefully, one by one, to at least ten and beyond
  • Please encourage your child to talk about their learning at school
  • Please help your child to learn a wide range of simple Nursery Rhymes – please speak to a member of the Nursery Team if you would like support with this
  • Please make sure your child is wearing a named waterproof coat and suitable footwear every day. We go outside even when it is cold and raining!
  • Please remember to take your child’s artwork home, out of their art work folder in Nursery, at least on a weekly basis.